Treasure Hunt Turned Sighteeing

Well, my yard sale trip was far from successful. It started out great. We were all excited. My girls love a good adventure as much as their mama so they were all smiles.

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Then we headed to the bank to get our cash and made our way to the first sale on my list. I didn’t find one piece, not one stinkin piece of furniture. We went to three other places that were all full of junk, then my husband got hungry which means the world stops turning till we find a bite to eat. My yard sale trip turned into a Lowes supply, downtown antique window shopping, Chick-fil-A eating, and historical house sightseeing trip. At least I managed to get supplies I need for some of my builds I have planned for our yard sale. And I also got some great pictures of a few of the old homes I love here in Wichita Falls.

I was extra nostalgic this weekend because we just got our new assignment to New Jersey and I’m already missing this place. So this post is going to be about our awesome town here in North Texas! When my husband and I first started looking for a home we were drawn to the historical neighborhoods. We both love all things old. There’s just something so intriguing about a home that has a century of stories to tell. I love all the architectural details on the homes. You just rarely see that type of craftsmanship anymore. I was too scared to take on a 100yr old fixer upper back then though. Check out a few of the beauties in some of these neighborhoods.

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I love them! I couldn’t take any more pictures because my husband was worried I looked like too much of a stalker. You should have seen his face when I wanted to get out of the truck for a better view. Since I’m not historical expert, here’s a link for more info if you’re interested.

After sightseeing we headed downtown. This is my favorite place to be. When I first moved here six years ago there were 2 or 3 antique stores, but now the streets are lined with thrift and antique stores. There’s a few restaurants that all have amazing food, a food truck court, music stores, farmer’s market, a Friendsesque coffee shop and music playing as you walk the streets. Every weekend it comes to life with lots of people on a treasure hunt. It is definitely my kind of place.

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My favorite store downtown is Alley Cat Vintage Mercantile. Even if the other stores and restaurants were not downtown, I would be there just for this place. It used to be in a smaller shop on the same street, but moved into an old large department store and has 3 stories and a basement full of antiques and homemade goods. You can find anything from chalk paint and handmade soaps to repurposed furniture and homemade linens. If you’re ever in the area you have to check it out. I hope to do a feature interview with the owner and get better pictures and info on this place before we move. DSC_1115DSC_1128 DSC_0562

I really am going to miss this place and Texas! Here’s a few more links about my favorite spots 🙂

Shoppe The Block

Alley Cat Vintage Mercantile

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